Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

Founded by pioneering antiques dealers and collectors Frank L. Horton and his mother Theodosia “Theo” L. Taliaferro in 1965, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) is a museum filled with 18th and 19th-century Southeastern furniture and décor. Located at Old Salem in the Frank L. Horton Center, the museum has 12 exhibits featuring collections architecture, ceramics, furniture, paintings, paper, silver, and textiles. Choose from a thematic tour or a tour of all the galleries to learn about objects made by diverse craftsmen from the first English footsteps at Jamestown to the first cannon fired at Fort Sumter. Students, homeschoolers, and campers can also take behind-the-scenes tours of the museum, which allow groups to explore African American and women’s stories behind iconic objects at MESDA.

contact info

Hrs: Tue.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 1-5PM.

School

Middle and high school students will learn about a variety of topics in history at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Tours can focus on free and enslaved black artisans, Native Americans, and the North Carolina Piedmont. The museum’s hands-on tours allow students to utilize the MESDA collection and Research Center to learn how to use objects and documents as primary source materials in order to study history. Tours can be customized for school groups, and could be beneficial for college students studying architecture or art. Hands-On History tours are offered on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies, Art.

topics covered:
Architecture, geography, design, visual art, slavery, Native Americans, women’s history, Civil War, military, war, black history, historical figures, culture.

contact info
Name: MESDA Tours
Phone: 336-721-7369
Email: MESDATours@oldsalem.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Middle School, High School, College Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

History Museum Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

A history museum or historical museum is a museum dedicated to presenting artifacts and exhibits reflecting the history of a particular nation, local level or a specific historical prospective or period.

History museums and historic houses or sites constitute the largest number of museums in the United States.

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Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

Founded by pioneering antiques dealers and collectors Frank L. Horton and his mother Theodosia “Theo” L. Taliaferro in 1965, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) is a museum filled with 18th and 19th-century Southeastern furniture and décor. Located at Old Salem in the Frank L. Horton Center, the museum has 12 exhibits featuring collections architecture, ceramics, furniture, paintings, paper, silver, and textiles. Choose from a thematic tour or a tour of all the galleries to learn about objects made by diverse craftsmen from the first English footsteps at Jamestown to the first cannon fired at Fort Sumter. Students, homeschoolers, and campers can also take behind-the-scenes tours of the museum, which allow groups to explore African American and women’s stories behind iconic objects at MESDA.

contact info

Hrs: Tue.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 1-5PM.

Camp

Summer camp groups will enjoy touring the exhibits at MESDA while learning about free and enslaved black artisans, the North Carolina Piedmont, Native Americans, and more. The museum’s hands-on tours allow campers to use objects and documents from MESDA’s collection and Research Center to study history. Hands-On History Tours are offered on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 10AM to noon.

contact info
Name: MESDA Tours
Phone: 336-721-7369
Email: MESDATours@oldsalem.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Middle School, High School Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

History Museum Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

A history museum or historical museum is a museum dedicated to presenting artifacts and exhibits reflecting the history of a particular nation, local level or a specific historical prospective or period.

History museums and historic houses or sites constitute the largest number of museums in the United States.

View Lesson Plan>>

Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

Founded by pioneering antiques dealers and collectors Frank L. Horton and his mother Theodosia “Theo” L. Taliaferro in 1965, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) is a museum filled with 18th and 19th-century Southeastern furniture and décor. Located at Old Salem in the Frank L. Horton Center, the museum has 12 exhibits featuring collections architecture, ceramics, furniture, paintings, paper, silver, and textiles. Choose from a thematic tour or a tour of all the galleries to learn about objects made by diverse craftsmen from the first English footsteps at Jamestown to the first cannon fired at Fort Sumter. Students, homeschoolers, and campers can also take behind-the-scenes tours of the museum, which allow groups to explore African American and women’s stories behind iconic objects at MESDA.

contact info

Hrs: Tue.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 1-5PM.

Homeschool

Homeschoolers of middle and high school age will have the chance to delve into various history topics at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Tours can focus on Native Americans, free and enslaved black artisans, and the North Carolina Piedmont. Hands-On History tours allow homeschool groups to utilize the MESDA collection and Research Center to learn how to use objects and documents as primary sources for studying history. Tours can be customized to meet your homeschool history or art curriculum goals. Hands-On History tours are offered on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

topics covered:
Social studies, art, architecture, geography, design, visual art, slavery, Native Americans, women’s history, Civil War, military, war, black history, historical figures, culture.

contact info
Name: MESDA Tours
Phone: 336-721-7369
Email: MESDATours@oldsalem.org

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: Middle School, High School Group Size: Varies. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

History Museum Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

A history museum or historical museum is a museum dedicated to presenting artifacts and exhibits reflecting the history of a particular nation, local level or a specific historical prospective or period.

History museums and historic houses or sites constitute the largest number of museums in the United States.

View Lesson Plan>>

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